community clean-up initiative slated for next week | Local News
Through the efforts of local community members Jacobi Gray and Latonya Graham, the City of Statesville is planning a phased cleanup effort for its residents.
The couple recently approached the city to suggest a major clean-up initiative to help build pride in the community. “I feel like when the community is attractive, residents take pride in where they live,” said Gray. Realizing that the task is a major initiative, the plan was drawn up to initiate the cleaning in phases over a period of time.
The first phase is the week of October 4 to 8 and involves the collection of excess household waste. For this week only, residents can drop off extra bags of household garbage on the street, along with furniture and white goods to pick up. Additional items will be picked up on the day of their regular collection.
Typically, the city does not pick up garbage placed outside the rolling cart and often charges fees for large amounts of garbage that need to be transported. Next week, however, the rules and fees will be waived to allow for additional bags of household garbage and furniture items.
“Efforts like this also promote accountability for where they live. Once we see it clean, we want to keep it clean. We have an interest in the process, ”Gray added.
The City will not pick up the following items: used paint, construction debris, lumber, plasterboard, bricks, blocks, plywood, roofing materials, gutters, fences, doors and windows, carpet, underlay, batteries , tires, gas tanks, oil, stumps, ash, sawdust, air conditioners, televisions, computers / components and 55 gallon drums.